- May 17, 2016
Jinja Resident District Commissioner Eric Sakwa Joseph has said several politicians and technocrats in the area are after his life over his attempt to stop them from grabbing government land.
Mr Sakwa made the revelation in Kampala yesterday while appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters that is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
“My life is in danger; I am receiving death threats that since I have come into this matter, I will be dealt with. Hon Moses Balyeku (MP Jinja Municipality West), who has military escorts, has been in the lead,” he said
The RDC was testifying in the case where Mr Harshdad Baroti, the proprietor of Turipati Development Uganda Limited, is accusing Jinja Municipal Council of giving his land to Mr Thummar Mangalal Jay Patel. Mr Sakwa also said Mr Abubaker Kirunda, the Jinja senior assistant town clerk; Mr Alex Kirunda, the chief finance officer Walukuba – Masese Division, and the district chairperson, Mr Titus Kisambira, are sending him death threats.
“They send people to come and tell me they are planning to shoot me or poison me. I have informed police, the DISO and other colleagues at ISO headquarters,” the RDC said, adding that he is not shaken.
Asked why he has not used his position as chairperson of the district security committee to arrest them, Mr Sakwa said land grabbers have also infiltrated security personnel in the area.